"The enhancements over the Taconic State Parkway will make it easier for motorists in Putnam Valley to reach their destinations more quickly and safely than ever before," Cuomo said. "As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across New York, the dedicated workers on this project continued to come to work and completed the job on time and on budget, maintaining the historic integrity of the Taconic State Parkway and advancing our commitment to meet the transportation needs of local communities."
The project used innovative recycling techniques to reuse on-site rock materials. Large rock blasts were needed to accommodate the new bridge and ramps, which yielded a significant amount of smaller rock and stone. The blasted material was reduced and recycled for use as backfill, subbase, and stone fill. Additional excess rock material was hauled away for use on other construction sites across the state.
To accentuate the parkway's historic status, a modern, two-span bridge structure was built with aesthetic features that mimic the appearance of existing bridges on the Taconic State Parkway, including a steel component appearance, decorative fencing, and concrete structural elements with recessed decorative features.
An improved drainage system was installed as part of the project. To accommodate the new bridge and ramps, wetlands were relocated within the project area. The project also included the replacement of an existing culvert carrying Pudding Street over Roaring Brook.
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"All across New York, the Department of Transportation is building resilient infrastructure like roads and bridges in cooperation with the local communities that depend on them," said New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner, Marie Therese Dominguez. "The new Pudding Street interchange is more than just an innovative transportation project; it's a common sense solution to a transportation need identified by the local community. The end result is not only aesthetically appealing, but enhances safety for the motorists and school buses who utilize this facility every day to get to work, go to school, and enjoy recreational opportunities in and around the Hudson Valley."